Two award-winning authors to teach creative writing, Indigenous literature at U of T Scarborough – News@UofT

by ahnationtalk on July 2, 2020123 Views

Two award-winning Indigenous writers have joined the University of Toronto Scarborough’s department of English.

Kateri Akiwenzie-Damm and Randy Lundy joined as assistant professors, teaching stream, on July 1. They are teaching creative writing, Indigenous literatures and oral traditions.

Akiwenzie-Damm, a member of the Chippewas of Nawash Unceded First Nation, Saugeen Ojibway Nation, is a celebrated artist whose work includes poetry, fiction, non-fiction, radio plays, television, film and graphic novels, as well as spoken word.

Her book of short stories The Stone Collection (2015) was a finalist for the Sarton Literary Award, and her recording A Constellation of Bones, was a nominee for the Canadian Aboriginal Music Awards (now the Indigenous Music Awards). She has also initiated many projects supporting Indigenous writers, including organizing the first Honouring Words: International Indigenous Authors Celebration Tour, an international event involving Indigenous authors from across the globe.

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